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romney win the presidency without the power of these swing states? >> no. and by the way, check out this incredible video. a tornado touches down, ripping through homes and buildings. it is all caught on camera. >> wow. a busy morning ahead. our guests include michele flournoy, co-chair of the obama campaign nation security advisory committee. tiki barber, former player for the new york giants, rudy giuliani, former new york city mayor, ben cohen, co-founder of ben & jerry's ice cream and singer cyndi lauper. >> it is wednesday, september 26th. "starting point" beginning right now. first we have some news just in to cnn. two american soldiers in afghanistan were killed today in an attack by a suicide bomber. the attack happened in logar province just south of kabul, afghanistan's capital. a spokesman for the governor of logar said the suicide bomber detonated himself during a military operation. he also said one american soldier was injured. we will have more on this developing story as details come in. >>> a big day here in new york. iran's controversial leader will deliver his fin
., this is kim. caller: hello, we are spending less. and one of the red states. i am part of the 47% mitt romney does not care about. between three marriages we have raised nine and we did well in their education and we hope the love we shower on them will transfer to us. in this election we get those people out that are trying to take my social security and put it on wall street. host: what are you spending money on? caller: with the kids going back to school we had to make sure their deeds are properly met. -- there needs were met. we had to make sure our bills were met. we do not make a lot of money, but we know how to spend within our means. we had to downsize to meet our income as the children dropped off and went on their way on a scholarship. host: are we talking children in college? caller: yes. i have four in college. one is graduating in may. it and there is going back -- a that there is going back. with the income levels they do not have the jobs to keep the bills paid. the parents will not say anything because they love their children. host: you talk about strategies to save money. y
that if governor romney standing there with the incumbent president of the united states is just there at the end. he wins a certain amount. he's just standing there at the end, he survived. >> well, he does gain by being on stage with an incumbent president. that's an elevating effect. the question is, he needs a lot of elevation right now. >>> entitlement reform is going to be a huge topic during these debates. and steve rattner, you have your charts on this, and you'll break it apart for the candidates because it's very hard to understand where they stand on these things because they won't say anything. >> we're going to talk about medicare, which is one of the big issues, and you're right, it's very, very hard to break it apart. but you see surprising things about where they stand. so we're going to lay it out as clear as i can. there are three plans. therest obama's plan, there's romney's sort of plan and ryan's plan. let's take a look at this and the next ten years. so the ten years in front of us and what each proposed. what's interesting is that president obama and congressman ryan have a
of the i store. >>> state of the union with candy crowley begins now. >>> 37 days left, romney's chance to shake things up may come down to four and a half hours. >>> today this week's denver debate. the first of three 90-minute faceoffs. obama versus romney. >> how is it that you're the expert on my position when my position has been very clear? i'll tell you -- >> i'm the expert. i'm the expert, and i'm -- >> when he suggests that senator obama's plan is dangerous -- >> that's not the case. what he said was a precipitous withdrawal would be dangerous. he did not say -- >> he said -- >> sizing up the showdown with a candidates, republican senator john mccain, and then the risk of being the frontrunner with obama's senior advisor david axelrod. die secretarying the campaign message. plus, polls, ads, and early voting. with republican strategist alex castellanos, and cinda lake and congressional correspondent dana bash. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." >>> it would not be debate season if the political world and the campaigns didn't play the expectations game. >> the pres
. >>> the associated press says if the election were held today, mitt romney would win 23 states, president obama would win the rest capturing 271 electoral votes. >>> hugo chavez, the president of venezuela is facing re-election with voting to be held next sunday, october 7th. chavez told an interviewer that if he were an american, he would vote for president obama over mitt romney. >>> music magazine has ranked the ten best presidents since 1900. franklin d. roosevelt, president during the depression and world war ii was ranked number one. number ten was barack obama. >>> and as the supreme court starts its fall term, justice ruth bader ginsbebegin ginsburg oldest on the supreme court. you probably did not know gin gingsburg and scalia spend every new years with reach over's family welcoming in the new year. >>> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed at 13,437. the s&p lost six. the nasdaq was down 20. taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo, the nikkei dropped 73 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng was closed for a holiday. >>> as a new quarter begin
romney the next president of the united states, wolf. i have a strg sense this will be brought up at tomorrow night's debate, wolf. >> we'll have a lot more on what joe biden has just said and the very tough reaction coming in from the romney campaign. gloria borger is standing by on that front. both of these campaigns are bringing major surrogates to denver to appear in the so-called spin room after the debate tomorrow night. what are you learning about the romney campaign's people who are coming in? >> reporter: wolf, it's probably no surprise rob portman, mitt romney's chief sparring partner playing barack obama in the debate, he'll be in the spin room. but we've also learned that marco rubio, the rising star, senator from florida who had a prominent role at the republican convention, he will also be in the room. it's interesting to note this comes just as mitt romney's making some new gestures in some outreach, you could say, to the latino community. notable he will be there as well. >> very interesting. thanks very, very much, jim acosta in littleton, colorado. >>> all right.
is the wrong approach. instead romney wants to give states a set amount of money, effectively a block grant that would be more limited than what states receive today. states would be granted more flexibility. >> i'd take a program like medicaid which by the way is a program for poor individuals that need health care, provides health care services to the poor. i'd take that hundreds of billions of dollars and i'd cut it upstate by state based on the shares they're getting this year and send it to colorado to say, you care for your own poor's health care in the way you think best. >> we can't say what the status co- now. >> sreenivasan: this doctor was the medicare medicaid chief under president george w. bush. he now heads the health policy center at the brookings institution and sees merit in romney's ideas. >> they could move towards innovative ways of delivering care like doing more to provide nursing home type services at home, like doing more to prevent the the complications of conditions like asthma by sending nurses to patients' homes and helping them modify the home to prevent the em
. governor romney is there today. it is significant bus tour in the buckeye state. it is important with 18 electoral votes. >> reporter: the polls suggest --. bill: what is the romney team seeing in ohio today, carl? >> reporter: they recognize the polls are shading more and more to mr. obama. the president has growing lead in the buckeye state. this is state romney can not afford to lose if i wants to become president. the history is known. no republican ever won the white house without going first through ohio and winning it. they will have joint events in ohio. mr. romney holding three events in ohio. the campaign is uping tempo. they recognize as of today we're six weeks away from the election and may well be decided in ohio. romney and ryan will campaign again together in the future. all of this is really run up to debate season of next month. we are one week away actually, eight days away. the first debate takes place in colorado next week. every single moment matters. today is illustration of romney's readiness to deal with more than just a jobs and economic campaign. he has to show
of the united states, governor mitt romney! >> last night romney who spent long hours preparing for tomorrow's debate said the stakes are greater than simply crowning a winner of the debate. >> people want to know who's going to win? who's going to score the punches and who's going to make the biggest difference and the arguments they make, and there's going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> the president meanwhile spent most of the day yesterday preparing for the debate. at his nevada campaign headquarters. taking a break to deliver pizza to one of the local campaign offices. he then started working the phones to thank volunteers. >> that was very nice, you know. you know, although basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> also in henderson, nevada, last n
and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to show empathy and soften his image. >> president obama and i both care about poor, working class families, the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: and despite relentless criticism of obama care, romney touted how his own health care overhaul in massachusetts helped families. >> don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured, 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance, i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> reporter: still, president obama is furiously working to frame his opponent as out of to
in swing states. mr. obama with 51% support compared to 44% for mitt romney. the president is in one of those states as he prepares for the first debate. the two men will face off in denver on wednesday. president obama held a rally speaking to 11,000 people at a high school. john kerry is playing the role. >>> supporters say both men are ready. >> i think both are excellent in their own way. you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience.. >> the president has a day job and has not had time to prachlt all we hear about mitt romney is practicing, practicing, practicing. >> the debate will focus on domestic policy. also speaking about foreign matters. the president has shown weakness in the middle east. >>> melissa will give her insider perspective on what it's like to be a moderator in just a few minutes. she's had a lot of experience. >> she's right over there ready to chitchat in a couple minutes. >>> do you buy lottery tickets? >> no. not very much. >> there's two tickets out there worth $14 million a piece and bought in northern california. we'll tell you about th
day in ohio. presidt obama heads to the state this moing. tos ys"s reporting that aides to romney say the republican candidate and running mate paul ryan will be campaigning together more often in the coming weeks, according to the report. the move underscores concerns that mr. romney is not generating enough excitement on his n and needs mr. ryan to re u srt that may have been evident during a campaign stop yesterday outside dayton. >> wow! that's quite aguy, isn't it paul an isthomething? wait a second. wait a second. romney, ryan! romney, ryan! romney, ryan! there we go. all right. that's great. thank yo >> oh. sweet jesus. i'm sorry. m soy. shouldn't be so hard on you. i shouldn't bring up newt gingrich. >> it's just irrelevant. >> it doesn't even matter. >> it's irrelevant. what do the catholics say? holy mary mother of god? >> it's not going to work. >>ra f o sinners in thy hour of peace. >> it's not going to work. it's too late for that. >> it seems to me -- except what would happen, it's the end of "godfather 2," i'm fredo on the back of the boat about to get it in the bac of
romney appear to be on the same page. >> that the president of the united states must make a priority of helping reduce demand in this country. >> the united states can focus on drug treatment and prevention. >> absolutely. i agree with that. >> reporter: if anyone should know, it's judge giselle pollack. she presides over drug court in broward county, florida. the idea, get clean, you may not a perfect record. pollack says drug courts ought to be a priority for the candidates, because they reduce drug dependency and save taxpayers millions. &she's g and she's got the numbers to back it up. a study showed pollack's court saved the county as much as $30 million a year over a five-year period. basically, the difference in the cost of treatment and counseling versus incarceration. >> if we can keep them out of the critical justice system at this level, then we will save billions and billions in prison costs. >> reporter: for the white house, it's a multi-layered approach. focus on education and prevention, treat drugs and addiction as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice co
. running mate paul ryan made the case for a mitt romney presidency today in the toss-up state of new hampshire. >> we have got to stop spending money we don't have. >> reporter: vice president joe biden campaigned in battled ground florida, where he argued that the obama administration inherited trillion-dollar deficits from the bush administration. >> they put two wars on a credit card, not paying a penny, not paying a penny. >> reid: meanwhile be president obama and mitt romney were hunkered down today cramming for next week's debate showdown. both sides are working hard to lower expect aches by praising their opponents. a romney adviser says the president has the advantage as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. the obama campaign says romney has the agent having debated about two dozen times during the republican primary campaign. >> both of these individuals are had ample experience debating but governor romney has had more practice recently and practice helps. >> kathleen hall jamieson kathls the nonpartisan annenberg center. >> the challenger has
reporting that it's not just ohio. the obama campaign has double the number of field staff as the romney campaign and in a number of key swing states, t obama folks have twice the number of field offices. "the l. tis" lked at the olmb they find the obama campaign is employing twice the number of staff as the the romney campaign last month at about the same cost. there are twice as many people u exude e $2,0hebama campaign if romney campaign paid out in bonuses to its campaign officials last month, the romney's payroll number was still roughly the me as president obama's even thoug president obama had double the number oboots on the ground. fewer romney staff but they get paid a lot more. there's a reason president obama is ahead in the last 20 national polls. there's a reason he's up by eight in the latest "washington post" poll in ohio. his campaign is doing more and whichever way you squint at the data, president obama is winning his effort at reelection. now is when you see the signs of desperation. there are two kinds of political desperatn. paoninveing a whole und dember new polling
was downgraded for the first time in our history. when mitt romney was governor, the credit rating on his state was upgraded. that is the kind of change we will get with the mitt romney presidency. [applause] we need to tackle our nation's challenges before they tackle us. we need to save and strengthen medicare and social security. you're putting ideas on the table of how to do that. we will not scare seniors. we will save the benefits for seniors and my generation so these promises are kept. we believe in strong national defense. we do not agree with the president's reckless defense cuts because we believe in peace through strength. [applause] in the live free or die state, we know this to be true. we want to be in control of our own health care. to do that, we have to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] the choice is clear. we can either stick with the failed policies of the last four years for the next four years, which gives us a stagnant economy and foster's government dependency, or we can fix these problems. we can bring the leadership we are lacking and have a dynamic, growing eco
states. and they're all eyeing this debate, both eyeing this debate on wednesday. picture it, mitt romney side by side with barack obama. this is what challengers want, to be literally on an even keel with the incumbent president and 60 million americans could tune in. prominent republicans said today, it's huge. they're setting up for the debate in denver. one of mitt romney's biggest backers sounds upbeat. >> every time he's been challenged, in one of these situations, and had a debate, he's come forward with an outstanding performance. listen, i plead guilty to having confidence in the guy on wednesday night. >> reporter: but romney trails in every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he's got to show how his policies connect to that caring. and he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better result than his policies will. boy, that's a lot to do in one debate. >> reporter: at a rally in nevada last night, president obama denied he's confident. >> no, no, governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm j
with a ten-point lead over mitt romney, 53% to 43%. dean reynolds is in the buckeye state tonight with the voters. dean? >> reporter: scott, back in 2008, nearly 30% of ohio's more than seven million voters cast their ballots before election day, and the campaigns this time around would love to see them increase that percentage. >> three, two, one! (cheers and applause). >> reporter: what some are calling election month began in ohio promptly at 8:00 a.m. some voters had overnighted in the parking lot outside a columbus polling place. >> i think there's been a lot of controversy about early voting. >> reporter:'m reld hernandez was there bright and early. >> for me it's a convenience, i can come in and get it done. >> reporter: you spent the night, though, to be one of the very first. >> i did. i was pretty excited. i thought why not? it's something different. i can say once in my life i camped out to vote. >> reporter: the names of the early voters are reported by the county board of elections. not their votes, just their names. the campaigns try to guess how they voted based on
is behind in all of the battleground states. this is the last big audience that mitt romney is going to have with about 4 1/2 weeks to go. by the time, we get to the third debate in late october in the battleground states, because of this early voting, a third of the voters with votes already in the can. >> so far, the polls at least show that mitt romney hasn't been able to capitalize on the economy right now. do you think that he could do that with foreign policy? >> that's right. the 2,000th death. the president is also facing a lot of questions on the death of the american ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. he has to convince voters that he has the better answers on the economy. >> going to be something. thank you so much. >>> and don't forget to watch abc's "this week" later this morning. george's guests will include new jersey governor chris christie and white house adviser david plouffe. >>> and tune in wednesday of special coverage of one-on-one the candidates debate. at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> george and diane hosting the debates wednesday night. >>> now, to what has been an embarr
in the swing state of nevada. for now, the strong sense of optimism from team romney. vice-presidential nominee, congressman paul ryan in an interesting brushed aside polls showing president obama leading in several key state telling anchor chris wallace, governor romney will win come november. and one of his most outspoken supporters, new jersey governor chris christie, also making a bold prediction that governor romney will do very well and his performance could change the whole race. here is governor christy from earlier today. >> he's going to come in wednesday night and have his vision for america and he's to contrast what his view is and the president's record is and the president's view for the future and the race will be turned upside down thursday morning. >> harris: we'll kick off our coverage with campaign carl cameron. and republicans are trying to draw a distinction betweening mr. obama and the republicans leading up to wednesday night. >> they have and mitt romney has been doing his level best to kind of lowering expectation. the enthusiasm from chris christie and paul ryan may be
in ohio, president obama and mitt romney campaigned today in another key battle groun state, we're talking about virginia. meantime, early voting begins today in iowa, another swing state. president obama hoping to keep his edge in the swing states with a new ad released just this morning. >> it's time for a new economic patriotism, rooted in the belief that growing our economy starting with a strong, thriving middle class. read my plan. compare it to governor romney's and decide for yourself. >> cnn political editor paul steinhauser leave in our washington bureau. paul, good to see you. good morning. let's talk about virginia. we know that president obama has the edge, the question is by how much. >> let's take a look at this. here's our cnn poll of polls, alina. we take the most recent, nonpartisan surveys, average them together, and here's where it stands in virginia when you add all those polls together and you can see the president with an advantage there, six points. it's a similar advantage to the other battleground states like ohio where he was yesterday, where both men were yester
states and more votes from romney in other states. north carolina and michigan. a wasted vote it is a vote for somebody you don't believe in. i make a pitch that everybody waste their vote on may and i am the next president of the united states. based on my resume, there is nothing to suggest that i could not do the job but thati would do a good job at it. host: richard from new york, republican, thank you for waiting. caller: i appreciate what you did with that one debate when you mentioned ron paul. you and him what had been a good team. the only other choice besides ron paul is you. they said the less of two evils is still an evil. all this promoting the homosexual agenda. we have to have a change. ron paul was the grandfather of the tea party. i hope to see you on the show. i appreciate you running. guest: well, thank you. i support marriage equality. i think marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed act, on par with the civil-rights of the 1960's. host: john from illinois. john is an independent. hey there. caller: the only problem that i have is about the tax is
into this a little bit more, joining me now, retired united states army lieutenant colonel and former fox news middle east former senior advisor to governor romney and also author of the book "the coming revolution, struggling for freedom in the middle east." as we get more details on the events prior to the benghazi attacks it appears in the days, the weeks and the months prior there was plenty of warning signs. why is it these were the very least ignored? >> the main problem the administration has in libya is being unable to connect information from the various agencies. the fact there are militia on the ground proceeding as rebels. penetrated by al qaeda. because it was not visible in the administration, were penetrated by al qaeda. ashley: livia one of the most dangerous areas in the world, i know in hindsight 2020, but in your opinion was protection adequate enough? >> evidently not. clearly you bring all of your activities and your agency repetitiveness and military representatives imagery and so forth. good intel assessment will point this out. it is a good indicator. what i would like to see
out of the ten key battleground states. now romney has actually -- he has debated almost 20 times in the primary season. how does he actually change people's impression of him? particularly his likability factor. >> and we've seen that he has a little bit of a deficit, yovrl, when it comes to likability, when it comes to his favorable and unfavorable numbers compared to the president in a lot of these polls. yeah, i think part of -- a little bit of what he is going to try to do is show more of the human face, and we've seen him try to do that on the campaign trail as well. go back to that number, though. you just showed that. that is a brand new poll from abc news and the washington post, suzanne. they asked, simple as this, who is more likely to win the debates. >> with the exception of just a few cases, usually the debates don't usually change the game. we have more than half hour of the country now that is able to vote early. how confident are they that they can actually make any kind of difference? >> that's a great point there. there are ten states as of tomorrow when ohio st
to crush governor romney in romney's home state, by 25 to 30 points. that's an enormous hill for scott brown to climb. he raises a point of vulnerability with elizabeth warren's candidacy. the native americanlaimack fothn gn about that. his -- the danger for scott brown in this is that as jim again pointed out, he has a very high favorability factor in the state. but he's changing his personality now in the minds of izh rren on this. and it'll be interesting how it plays out. i think it's jump ball right now. >> stick around and watch our next segment, we're going to replay and relive the nightmare of the packer game last night. thanks so much for the politico playbook. the officials a month ago were calling children's pee-wee games, it wasn't that bad. and the finish tt has jim vandehei cursing the officials. [ won ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curls! ma basil taitcon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. i want healthy skin f
the president up 49% to 45% over mitt romney. again, this is one of those states with business background, economic background mitt romney should be breaking through. instead right now he is trailing. not by a lot but is he down here, shep. >> shepard: ed henry live in las vegas this afternoon. wednesday night fox report "studio b" will be live in denver for the debate and then you can watch bret baier and megyn kelly for cleat coverage in prime time wednesday night 9:00 eastern time right here on fox news channel. one of the nation's largest credit card companies has agreed to pay back $85 million to customers for violating what investigators say happened at every stage of the customer experience. according to the feds. american express charged illegal fees, discriminated against applicants based on age and mislead commerce about its debt collection policies. amex is the largest credit card company based on spending it will reportedly pay the settlement to a quarter million customers. in addition the compani' will have to pay $27 million in fines. you may recall last week the feds ordere
state of colorado. each candidate is getting ready for the debate and are outlining some of the specifics. danielle nottingham is already in denver. >> reporter: mitt romney will hold his last public event before wednesday's debate here at this hangar in denver and his supporters here say there is little room this week for mistakes. inside this denver airplane hangar gop volunteers work the phones. crews set the stage for mitt romney's last rally before his first presidential debate. >> i think a lot of people are waiting until the debate wednesday. i think that's going to be a big sway for some people to finally see them go head to head and see where they are on the issues. >> reporter: wednesday's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic policy. romney supporters want the gop nominee to show undecided voters how he'll jump start the slow recovery. >> i think he has solutions to our economic problems and that's really what's going to help everyone in this country. >> reporter: colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama in 2008. republi
is holed up in vegas for two days preparing. mitt romney will be in colorado tonight. the latest poll shows president obama and mitt romney locked in a tight race nationally. but where it counts, those battle ground states, the president still leads. and here's another interesting poll. most people think the president will win the first debate which may be why he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the the zingers. governor romney is good. i'm just okay. >> and paul ryan played his own version. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. he's been on the national stage for many years. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> but if all candidates are trying to lower expectations, maybe chris christie missed that memo. >> governor romney's going to lay out his vision for a better and greater america for greater opportunity for all of our citizens. and i think that's when you're going to see this race really start to tighten and move in governor romney's direction. come th
sharing the stage with the 42nd president of the united states, bill clinton. mr. romney took the opportunity to say that the united states is going about its foreign aid all in the wrong way. to foster work and enterprise in the middle east and in other developing countries, i'll initial nate somethi initiate something i'll call prosperity pacts. the program in exchange for removing barrierses and opening their markets to u.s. investment and trade, they will receive assistance packages focused on developing the institutions of liberty. >> later today governor romney will link up with his running mate in ohio where there is a brand new cnn poll of polls, and it shows the romney/ryan ticket is running six points behind the obama/biden ticket. we've also got some new florida numbers as well. that shows a four-point edge for the democrats. let me remind you, that's a poll of polls, so the numbers are the numbers. there's no margin of error. what you see is what you get, at least according to the poll. we're going to hear from the president again next hour. we'll speak at the clin
. >> on wednesday night, mitt romney is going to be standing on the same stage as the president of the united states and i'm telling you, david, come thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> we'll see if he's right. but what chris christie says is right as predicted if you're mitt romney. donors are nervous, and perhaps in christie's mind his assertion was an atelt to boost the morral of romney's supporters. the bottom line, if christie's aspirations do not come true, romney has bigger problems. people who pay no federal tacks and get government help, were, quote, inarticulate. >> we've had some missteps but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a really clear choice. >> but when ryan was asked by fox's chris wallace whether the media is, quote, carrying water for barack obama, ryan took the bait and ryan wasn't the only one who thinks the media is preparing to game him a raw deal. >> i think it kind of goes without saying there is definitely a media bias. >> i think most media are left of center and therefore they want a left of
. >> you make a great point. iowa is the first swing state. . started at 9:00 a.m. eastern. i know that president obama spoke to the des moines register, saying, there isn't a state that is better informed about politics, talking about iowa specifically. mitt romney though finally touting his massachusetts health care law as he tries to make the case that he is a compassionate, conservative, just like george w. bush. take a listen to this interview he gave to nbc's ron allen yesterday. >> throughout this campaign, as well, we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured. 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more i'm pat think and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> as chuck todd point i'd out this morning the question really wasn't specifically about health care, it was about compassion and empathy and he interjected his record for massachusetts and health care and what they were able to accomplish there. can mitt romney turn his health care plan
to interrupt you. but speaking of politics, mitt romney has accused the president of throwing israel under the bus. now we've seen a very different timeline from israel and the united states from netanyahu. netanyahu says within months iran will have gone beyond the point of no return. american intelligence believes there's more time. where do we stand now with israel and is mitt romney -- >> we stand -- >> that the president has thrown israel under the bus? >> well, first of all, the term throwing israel under the bus is really a remarkable -- you know, it's an unbelievably cynical explosivetive term that is also a lie. it is a fundamental lie. and mitt romney ought to be ashamed of himself for continuing to say it when he knows that prime minister netanyahu and defense minister ehud barak have both said this administration has the strongest security and military cooperation with israel it has ever had. ever. and the president has taken steps to put america in a position to deal with iran with whatever eventuality may be necessary, and i mean whatever eventuality may be necessary. the pre
. the latest polls show the president ahead of mitt romney in nine battle ground states. mr. obama's biggest leads are in ohio, new hampshire, and iowa. of course, this could change in the weeks to come. the tightest races at this point are nevada and north carolina. the national average of those polled has president obama with a 49.5%, the potential vote 44% for romney. >>>in this weekend's presidential address president obama is calling on congress to help homeowners. >> last week mortgage rates were at historic lows. but instead of helping more and more hard working families take advantage of those rates. congress was away on break. instead of worrying about you they had already gone home to worry about their campaigns. >> the president says congress has yet to act on legislation he sent them in february that would save homeowners about $3000 a year on their mortgages. >>> the first presidential debate is wednesday at the university of denver. right now construction crews are busyworking on the main floor, the stage and the lighting while president obama campaigns in nevada tomorrow, romn
it very difficult for romney to put together a coalition that can take the state. colorado has been fairly close so again obama mabey looks like a fairy or four-point lead on average read a lot of demographic change. you can see the minority eligible voters have gone up by three percentage points and working-class voters in 2008 have gone down by three percentage points. again it doesn't appear that romney is able to turn the demographics tie in his favor. he's not doing much better among the white working-class voters according to the polls i've seen. he's made some progress on the outside margin that obama got 14 points in 2008 among the college graduate voters but he's not making nearly enough voters to take the state and if you break it down geographically the denver metro area is about half the vote in the state but that looks very similar in the polling data as it did in 2008. finally, the poster child for demographic change in the united states and how it's been shifted pretty rapidly over time as the great state of nevada. obama is running ahead of though not nearly as far as he di
obama in some states and more votes from romney in other states. a wasted vote it is a vote for somebody you don't believe in. i make a pitch that everybody waste their vote on may and i am the next president of the united states. i would do a good job at it. host: richard from new york, republican, thank you for waiting. caller: i appreciate what you did with that one debate when you mentioned ron paul. you and him what had been a good team. the only other choice b3wi esides ron paul is you. they said the less of two evis evil. still an all this promoting the homosexual agenda. we have to have a change. ron paul was the grandfather of the tea party. i hope to see you on the show. i appreciate you running. guest: well, thank you. i support marriage equality. i think marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed act, on par with the civil-rights of the 1960's. host: john from illinois. caller: the only problem that i have is about the tax issue. the reason why i say that is our taxes in this country have never been set up to be fair. what they were set up for was that the rich were s
of the swing states that will decide the presidential election. well, here is mitt romney, we have heard these words before, sounds as though he's downplaying expectations as they say. take a listen. >> people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make and there is going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. >> so romney is saying, no, it is not about winning, not about losing, it is about america. but you have a lot of republicans, newt gingrich, for example, saying, hey, mitt romney, get out there, pick a fight, and win it. jim acosta with me now from the romney campaign. the debate, of course, tomorrow night in denver, you, sir, are in littleton, colorado. should we take mitt romney at face value when he says this debate is not about me winning? >> reporter: well, brooke, i think this is all part of the debate expectations game that has been going on for several days now. i think you also sort of heard mitt romney downplay some of the talk that has been going on since the new yor
romney is campaigning today, as you saw moments ago, in the state of pennsylvania. he's attending a rally near philadelphia. governor romney is trailing in statewide polls, but earlier today he was telling donors that he is going to win the state of pennsylvania. really? all right, let's take a closer look at this battleground, swing state, the state of pennsylvania. here you've got 12 important battle growpped states identified in yellow, so let's take a closer look at pennsylvania. here's their economy. unemployment rate identical to the national average of 8.1%. the average price of gasoline has actually doubled in the time that president obama has been in office, foreclosure one out of more than 1,000, and the number of visits there, well, the president two, mitt romney four. that'll soon change. the population is 12.7 million. now, this is the important stat here, 20 out of 270 electoral votes. so in terms of the electoral college, very important. a republican governor, these are the two main industries, health care and manufacturing. um, we're going to talk about coal in just a mome
to anybody -- >> who? >> barack obama, the president of the united states. >> because romney did at a really opportune time. >> but he's going to all of these places, no time for netanyahu, but time for "the view," time for -- >> no time for netanyahu. >> that was good. >> i know. i know. >> wally from "leave it to beaver" was in that. >> was jerry mathers. >> no, that was the beave. >> asked about the newly released tax returns. >> all right. >> take a look. >> governor romney on "60 minutes" was asked, does he think it's fair that he pays a lower tax rate than somebody who is making $50,000 a year? and he said yes. i think it's fair and i also think that's the way you get economic growth. i've got a different vision about the way we grow an economy. i think you grow the economy from the middle out not from the top down. >> let me ask you, jon meacham, do you think the president was more presidential on the view or on "entertainment tonight"? >> i think "the view." >> clearly. love the view. >> there's this long tradition of this. remember -- >> fdr on "the view." >> fdr was actually on "in
there campaign. >> reporter: romney is trailing in the polls in most must-win states and voters, he says, will see a clear choice wednesday night. tara mergener, cbs news, the white house. >>> supreme court jumped into tricky issues in its first session of the fall. justices heard arguments over weather companies can be held responsible for human rights abuses in countries where they do business. a lawsuit against royal dutch petroleum said it was complicit and the high court said it will not hear a challenge against the use of full body scanners at airports. >>> byob. we are not talking about a barbecue with beer here, either, the message being sent to people shopping in one bay area city. >>> and we will tell you where to steer clear of the traffic messes, coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, news that manufacturing grer the first time in four montn it's a . >>> stocks are starting the 4th quarter on a big rally that manufacturing grew for the first month in the last four. the dow is up 91 points and some change. a good sign there. macy's says they plan to hire 80,000 workers for the holida
state that both campaigns covet. he told the crowd this morning that mitt romney's term as governor next door in massachusetts proves he can get things done, even in a state dominated by democrats. and vice president joe biden is in another key swing state, wrapping up a two-day swing through florida, including this stop in fort meyers. he said that he and president obama inherited the financial mess we see, including the plan that the republican plan favors the wealthy. >>> and senator john kerry is playing the role of mitt romney in the president's practice session. and ohio senator rob portman is portraying the president in mitt romney's debate. more on the preview of wednesday's big event. >> as running mate paul ryan makes the rounds on the campaign trail here in new hampshire, and ohio, guess what? his boss is hunkering down, getting ready for the first showdown between him and president obama. romney is spending a lot of time this week to prepare for the debate. the same thing for the president. he is off the campaign trail, today, tomorrow, off to nevada. but basically he is spen
. the president is showing an advantage over mr. romney in most of the battleground states. many think by virtue of his appearance on the stage face to face with the president, that will elevate mr. romney. 5,000-plus people here when he arrived. he's looking for an opportunity to reframe the debate as he has been saying on the campaign trail, the choice between the obama dependency society and what he calls the free enterprise individual liberty and personal responsibility. >> we'll get to describe our respective views and i believe people of colorado will choose a better way forward for our country. we can't afford four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: today mr. romney is behind closed doors. we haven't been told whether this will be one of his more informal discussions with his aids work on what mr. romney calls his zingers or whether it will be a mock debate with senator rob portman who has been shadow boxing with mr. romney more weeks now. in the expectations game the obama campaign has seeds on romney's prook is time and the fact that he had 20 debates in the primaries to
. we told you about the brand new poll showing that that man in swing state of ohio is amitt romney by 10 percent. but are they really swinging toward the president? or is there skewing going on by the left-based main stream med yampt a number of people on the right feel that there is something, a polster media polling bias and what they do, they sample more democrats than republicans and naturally the democrats will wind up with the vote. why will they do that? one perhaps to keep mitt romney's donors from coughing up more cash and keep people from doing early voting. >> gretchen: the idea is why do they weight it one way to the other. they base it on the turn out in the last election cycles. they see more democrats came to the polls they weight it to democrats as opposed to the republicans and defendants. >> steve: what about 2010 and the land slide with the republicans winning be you when mr. obama had a highly motivated base of young people and latinos? which model do you follow. >> brian: we'll listen to karl rove and then we'll talk. >> when news agencies like the cbs news rep
to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in against prep sessions. trailing in the policy, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place
years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes, but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high stakes showdown for president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first
, that same question could be put to governor romney, you said hard truths in the convention, but governor romney hasn't laid out which deductions will go away for the wealthy. >> listen, the president of the united states has an obligation after four years of being president, to be the one who's the most specific. >> so the challenger doesn't have to? >> i didn't say that. he has the bigger obligation. that ad does nothing to add to the debate and discussion, except to not tell the truth. he starts off by not telling the truth. which is, the president says governor romney wants more tax cuts for the rich. which is not true. governor romney said it over and over and over again, the rich will not pay less. under his tax plan. >> but their tax rates will come down. >> george, you chakd the rates. if the same amount of money coming out of your pocket and my pocket, you don't care what the rate is. i think what we're trying to do is where america is more competitive on its race with the rest of the world. we're competing in a global economy, and so, that's what governor romney is laying out a
at this las vegas high school. the rest of the time he'll spend cramming for the debate and governor romney will be doing the exact same thing in denver. the president chose to do his debate preparation in a battleground state, nevada. and this is where he will be holed up at the westin lake resort in henderson outside las vegas. and this morning on abc obama campaign strategist david plouffe tried to lower expectations. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debates. that's been the history. we believed all along that governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate than we do. >> reporter: chris christie told "face the nation"'s bob schieffer he expects romney to turn in a game-changing performance at wednesday's debate. >> thursday morning you are all going to be scratching your heads and saying, "wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days." >> reporter: today on fox news, his running mate paul ryan admitted the campaign has had some challenges. >> first of all, 47%, mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we are worried in a st
battleground states compared to $515 million for the entire 2008 election. >> romney paid 14% in taxes last year on 13 million in income. >> obama wages war on coal. >> they blow everything out of proportion. >> reporter: in colorado alone, $47 million in five months have been spent by the romney and obama campaigns. and the groups that support them. come november people here can tell the rest of the nation how they feel about enduring all those tv ads. >> let me get your e-mail address. >> reporter: amendment 65 is on the ballot. if passed the state's congressional delegation would be required to propose an amendment to the u.s. constitution limiting campaign contributions and spending. this is the executive director of colorado common cause. >> the result is a democracy that distorts the voice of ordinary people in favor of those who can write multimillion dollar expects. >> reporter: billionaires would argue they have the same rights as to freedom speech as anybody else. >> freedom of speech problem texts to say what we want but it doesn't give them the right to shout louder than the res
a gun fight with afghan soldiers. >>> president obama appears to be winning over voters in states that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland representative chris van holland to stand in as ryan. the vp debate is set for october 11th in kentucky. >>> today the supreme court's new session begins. the nine justices will rule on several key cases, inclu
'll spend cramming for the debate and governor romney will be doing the exact same thing in denver. the president chose to do his debate preparation in a battleground state, nevada. and this is where he will be holed up at the westin lake resort in henderson outside las vegas. and this morning on abc obama campaign strategist david plouffe tried to lower expectations. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debates. that's been the history. we believed all along that governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate than we do. >> reporter: chris christie told "face the nation"'s bob schieffer he expects romney to turn in a game-changing performance at wednesday's debate. >> thursday morning you are all going to be scratching your heads and saying wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days. >> reporter: node on fox news, his running mate paul ryan admitted the campaign has had some challenges. >> first of all, 47%, mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we are worried in that stag nato bama economy more people are dependent
. earlier this month a cnn poll found governor romney leads president obama among likely independent voters by a substantial 14 points. 54%, look at this, to 40%. he also leads among independents in critical swing states like ohio and florida, and yet, "u.s. news & world report" points out there has been almost no mention of it in the media. i wonder why? >> well, i think what you are starting to see is that independents are largely part of the 60% of americans that think this country is off on the wrong track and right now that they are giving a stark contrast to what this election presents in terms of more government centered country or a free enterprise system that governor romney offers, one that rewards innovation and entrepreneurship. but the bigger thing that you also see in the numbers is, in eight of 12 battleground states the democrats really lost a lot of voter registration. when you look at battle ground states, in 2008, president obama won state like wisconsin by 14 points, nevada by 13. new hampshire and iowa 10 respectively. colorado by nine. all the battleground states are d
in the swing state of nevada getting ready for the first face off with governor romney on wednesday night, the first debate. the president telling a crowd in las vegas he's just okay at he debating. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in las vegas. the administration is sending mixed messages on libya. tell us more about that. >> that confusion started on the sunday talk show circuit a couple of weeks back when ambassador susan rice did several of the shows and did not declare this was a terror attack, insisted it was a spontaneous reaction to the anti-muslim film. i've spoken to u.s. senior officials that stand behind the fact that they insist in the early days of this susan rice was correct, that was the assessment of the intelligence community. beefewe've also got information from sources that within 24 hours, the intelligence community within 24 hours of the attack new it was terrorism. more days have passed and back on the sunday show talk show circuit you have one obama adviser saying they did use the word terror the day after the attack, you had another adviser say, wa
green state and kent state university. mitt romney plans three stops in major metropolitan areas as part of his bus tour. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. [video clip] >> to foster work and enterprise in the middle east and other developing countries i will initiate something that i will call prosperity pacts, working with the private sector. a program will identify the barriers to investment and trade and on toward your ship -- and entrepreneurship. and will open markets to u.s. trade and they will receive u.s. assistance package is focused on developing institutions of liberty, the rule of law, and property rights. >> we believe freedom and self-determination are not unique to one culture. these are not simply american or western values. they are universal values. even though there will be huge challenges for the transition to democracy, i'm convinced that ultimately the governments of the people and by the people and for the people is more likely to bring about the stability, prosperity, and individual opportunity to serve as a basis for peace in the world. >> m
the next several days doing debate prep out there in nevada which is, of course, a key battleground state. he'll be with john kerry who is representing romney in his sessions. we're told romney heads out to colorado tomorrow. he'll be practicing with ohio senator rob portman. portman is playing president obama in these debates and it's all leading up to wednesday's big night. fred? >> thanks very much in washington. don't miss the big debate. you can watch it here live on cnn, 7:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> the chief justices will formally kick off a new term on the agenda, some of the most complicated issues of our day. here now is joe johns. >> reporter: right after the supreme court's health care decision in june, chief justice john roberts joked to colleagues that he would find an island for tr fortress to escape the political heat. here's how ruth bader ginsburg described the scene. >> some people call it will a quarter of a century. >> reporter: there are no signs of it cooling down. >> the justices are moving from the frying pan right into the fire. they are tackling some of the most
/50. it is not disproportional. mitt romney was the upscale candidate. one college graduates in almost every state, including the southern states and lost on college in most states. there's a real class divide in the race. there is not an overwhelming balance but there is an ideological preponderant. 80% of republican primary voters consider themselves conservative. >> if you thought of like mike huckabee -- you can see someone -- >> mitt romney did not have to do the things he had to do on immigration to win. if -- ultimately he was running as rick perry, rick santorum and newt gingrich. >> we are talking about what the republicans should do but democrats have become more assertive and to this id to predict consumer conservative in this issue. -- assertive in this issue. what the barack obama do this here? he leaned into the issue. he defied those saying we are going to lose downscale white voters if you do this. he did it anyway. the response was quite remarkable. and lead to an uptick among hispanics. lots of praise for a progresses. a put republicans on the defensive. republicans have not only painted th
for mitt romney this week. >> a huge opportunity for mitt romney. he could take this race in the states that he's losing right now and change the dynamic of this race just by standing on stage and performing well. >> so much riding on it. this first debate, viewers, anywhere between 50 million, 60 million viewers are the estimates. this year more important than ever the early voting that's taking place. >> early voting has taken place in key states like iowa right now and voters willing watching now, and voters are going to be wanting this. they're already voting, and the best thing about this debate for these guys, it's the first authentic moment in a while where voters want to tune in and pay attention. it's not a television ad, it's not a convention but a real authentic moment they really take cues from. >> it's something to think about. by election day a third of american voters might have already gone to the poll. >> campaigns used to have to plan toward one election day and now they can plan toward 30 or 35 election days, and that's why this debate is crucial because voting is alr
% over mitt romney. since nevada was so hard hit with these economic woes this is the kind of state where mitt romney has to break through. megyn: we'll bring you this presidential debate live. it will be hosted by yours truly along with bret baier. we hope you will join us for that and the post-game analysis right here on fnc. a growing debate over the money we send to egypt after one congresswoman puts $450 million of u.s. aid to that country on hold. september 12 we watched mobs in cairo tear down the american flag and replace it with a black islamic flag of their own. as we learn $450 million is just a portion of what we send their way questions are coming up about what we want to do before we send any more taxpayer dollars overseas. joining me now, former ambassador to the united nations and fox news contributor, john bolton. this congresswoman has blocked the $450 million. she says given the relationship we have with them i don't know if we are justified in forking this over immediately. >> i think having congress show how outraged it is about it egyptian government's behavior is a
the romney camp, as good news, chris, since he is shown as trail anything a lot of these swing state polls as well. >> well, certainly it's not good news if you're president obama. if that's true, if you really have 18% persuadable voters, this comes after fife months -- five months of the most stained, negative attack, most personal barrage against a candidate by an incumbent president that we've ever seen. if there's still 18% of the people that say, well, you know, i'm hope to this guy, i'm open to hear what he has to say, that would include some romney voters who might be open to the president, but when you'd have an incumbent,ou'd expect that much persuade about would be good news for the challenger, that the president hasn't been able to convince all the persuadable voters that mitt romney is, in fact, a vampire. megyn: now, we saw during the republican presidential primary that these debates really can have an effect. candidates really were forced to leave the race based on their debate performances occasionally during that republican primary, so it's no accident that we have both s
romney each spent wednesday campaigning in the battleground state of ohio, a key prize in the battle to win the november election. both candidates appealed to voters by attacking the other's record on china, with romney saying he will stop the country from taking u.s. jobs. >> one of the nations that has cheated over the years has been china. they have artificially held down the value of their currency. by doing that, the prices of their products are artificially low. when the prices are low and compete with our manufacturers, our guys go out of business and lose jobs. one thing i will do from day one is labelled china a currency manipulator. they must not steal jobs in unfair ways. >> romley's comments come days after his tax returns showed his trust has invested in a chinese will company doing business with iran. president obama criticized his comments on china. >> he said he is going to take the fight to the chinese. he will go after these cheaters. i have got to admit, that message is better than what he has actually done. it sounds better than talking about all the years he spen
reach out to mitt romney. this area of northwest illinois is between two swing states. he and another worker at the plant, they went to delton door, iowa where mitt romney was speaking. he asked mitt romney if he can stop the outsourcing of his jobs. the secret service moved in and everybody started chanting to drown him out. he said he did not understand that the people in the audience were shouting at him that they were communists. here we are, american workers, simply protesting are jobs being sent to communist china and they are calling us communists? host: amy goodman has been our guest for the last 45 minutes. she is the host of "democracy now" and her book is the " silenced majority." she is in the middle of a 100- city tour. there's a good chance she is coming to a city near you. guest: you can go to democracy now.org. host: thank you for being with us. coming up on the program, tim grant of the media research center will talk about the liberal media bias in this election. later on, we will be talking with kevin mccoury from "usa today. you're watching "washington journal" tod
to have a tough balancing act on wednesday night. >> how much pressure is he under right now, mitt romney? >> huge. he is behind right now. he is behind nationally. he is behind in all the battleground states. this is the last big audience that mitt romney is going to have with about 4 1/2 weeks left to go, but, remember, by the time we get to the third debate in late october in the battleground states, you could have had already because of this early voting a third of the voters with votes already in the can. >> and so far the polls at least indicate that mitt romney hasn't been able to capitalize on the economy right now. do you think he can do that with regards to foreign policy? it seems to be a surprising week just now for the president with what's going on in the middle east and this tragic landmark we have in afghanistan, as well. >> that's right. the president also facing a lot of questions about the death of the ambassador in benghazi. you saw mitt romney doing that over the weekend. the way he's going to win this race is if he convinces those undecided voters that he's got the b
voters this will be his chance to cut through the noise and speak directly to voters. >> governor romney down at least in nine recent swing state polls. most regard wednesday's debate at his last best chance to win over voters. how is his message or perhaps even his tone. how is it going to be different wednesday than what we've seen and heard so far? >> look, i mean i think he's going to get a chance to speak directly to voters. he's going to talk about this is a clear choice in this election. do people want a romney/ryan ticket that is going to look to create prosperity and jobs and upward mobility for americans? or do they want more of the past four years that they have seen, which hasn't been very bright and it's been obama's failed economic policies that haven't been working. so i think this is great opportunity for governor romney to outline his plans. i don't think wednesday is a make-or-break night. i think he'll do great and i think you'll see the numbers in the polls tighten. >> i want to call your attention to some critics of the campaign on the right and the left. on fox news
. if mitt romney is elected president of the united states. would things pick up? >> if he repeals obama care as he said he will . and new rules in legislation, yes, that will change the small nature of business. and a real tax cut to put a shot in the arm to small enterprizes. and cash to liberate for the use of the private sector and should get things turned around. these are personal opinions. >> steve: he seems to what he's talking that's why so many people watch him on fox business net work. >> eric: a crazed fan taking a bite out of danny. >> steve: some say the debate will be er. washington insider. coming up with the scoup, next. ♪ ♪ two people are dead. motorcycle club getting ready for a charity ride when several armed men showed up and started shooting. cops said they had a argument in the parking lot. an attack on adonai. he said a fan within to kiss him and bit his face instead . he is not pressing charges, but he said she might have been on the drug bath salts. gretch, over to you. >> gretchen: crazy . mitt romney and president obama two days away from facing off. what
states, that was a state that was supposed to be the relatively easy gift for romney. there's a one or two-point race in north carolina on october 1st. they're facing an uphill slide across the board and they know it. >> by the way, you can't run 30-second ads in enough places to do this. if you're going to win, if you're going to turn things around, i'll say the quote that drives liberals crazy, a rising tide lifts all boats, this first debate on wednesday, it's got to shock the campaign back to life. because if romney does well, you're not going to be able to buy enough ads to do what a great performance by mitt romney would do on wednesday night. that would tighten it in ohio. it would tighten it in north carolina. probably go ahead in north carolina. it would tie it in iowa, probably tie it up in iowa. that's why you can't buy your way out of this mess the romney campaign is in right now, but you can outdebate them. >> more than anything else what seemed to have happened in august was democrats got enthused by their convention more than republicans did. the latest polling shows
the state, day after day, about how the economy there is really growing and booming. and romney doesn't necessarily, you know, say the same thing. it's kind of mixed messages. and he also hasn't come up with a really strong, coherent response, to the auto bailout. he says let detroit go bankrupt. there's a supply chain, you know, a lot of manufacturers in ohio. the obama campaign talks about this day after day after day after day and romney campaign doesn't really have much of an answer for it. romney's going to ohio after his new york visit to join up with paul ryan for a bus tour. they know how important it is and they definitely have some work to do, john. >> all right. thank you, peter hamby in washington. the romney ohio bus tour begins today. thanks very much. >>> 35 minutes past the hour. the fbi will investigate the controversial shooting death of a disabled man. this was by police in houston. on saturday, officers were called to a group home for mentally ill people. responding to reports that a wheelchair-bound resident was acting aggressively. police say the double amputee a
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